Residents of India, Pakistan and 13 other countries who have received all doses of the WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccine will be able to return to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Monday. According to the National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA), the countries whose residents can fly to the UAE from September 12 are India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Namibia, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Africa, Nigeria and Afghanistan.
NCEMA said on Friday, “Those who have taken all doses of any WHO-approved vaccine and who have been living in suspension-listed countries for more than six months since the suspension order was issued may apply for a new entry permit.” You can enter the country under this and can change your status after entry.
According to Reuters, the decision comes as Dubai, one of the seven emirates of the UAE, prepares to open the Expo 2020 World Fair on October 1, after a year-long delay due to the pandemic. The regional business and tourism hub is dependent on this fair to boost its economy.
Organizers previously said they hoped the UAE’s flight ban to prevent the spread of Covid-19 would be lifted for Expo 2020.
Residents must apply through the website of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) and complete a vaccination application to obtain the necessary approvals, in addition to showing an approved vaccination certificate to travel to the United Arab Emirates.
In addition, a negative PCR test report done within 48 hours of arrival at an approved lab with a QR code, will also have to be shown before departure. Passengers will have to undergo a rapid PCR test before boarding and another PCR test on the fourth and eight days after arrival, following all precautionary measures. Children under the age of 16 are exempted from these procedures.
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